Archive | July 20, 2014

Liberty Silk – Kate Beaufoy.

Back of the book : 

One beautiful dress is the key to three brave women’s destinies.

France 1919 : Jessie is celebrating the last heady days of her honeymoon. But when her husband suddenly disappears she finds herself bereft. Until a chance encounter thrusts her into the centre of the intoxicating world of Parisian high life.

Hollywood 1945 : Lisa has come a long way from her quiet, unassuming life in London and is taking Hollywood by storm. But all that glitters is not gold, and as the smoke and mirrors of the lifestyle she so longed for shatter around her there are some secrets that can never escape.

London 1965 : Cat, headstrong and independent, drawn to danger and injustice, has no idea of the legacy that precedes her. Once past secrets are unveiled, she has the chance to find out what liberty really means …

What I think :

The book tells of three women’s lives in different generations. First is Jessie, who is in Paris, the year is 1919.  She has just got married to a painter called ‘Scotch’ and is on her honeymoon. she’s just found out that she is pregnant but hasn’t told her husband yet. On the last day of their honeymoon her husband leaves her. She is the owner of a Liberty silk dress, an engagement ring and a small devil charm, all three things become very important to the story.

Next is Baba, who lives in London her year is 1939. she moves to Hollywood and it’s not long before becomes a big star of the silver screen, mixing with some of the ‘Hollywood’ greats at pool party’s and glittering ‘get-togethers’ She changes her name to  Lisa LaTouche. She becomes the next owner of the ring and the charm.

Then, finally at almost the end of the book we meet Cat. Her chapters start when she is small and are in the form of letters to’ Auntie’ Lisa. She becomes a ‘War zone’ Photographer. She is given the ‘Devil’ charm to keep her safe.

The story is based on Kate’s Grandmothers letters, who also lived in France and who’s husband was also a painter. She also owned a Liberty Silk dress, charm and ring like in the book.This is such an interesting story. Even more so, as some of it was based on real life.

I really loved the way that the story went from one era to the next, it was like opening a photo album and seeing their lives there in front of you.

My favourite character has got to be Baba/Lisa, I would have really liked to have lived in the 30’s/40’s, So glamorous and glitzy.

The book was so well researched with lots of well known big names, such as David Niven, Deborah Kerr and Viven Leigh. It was very interesting to see how all the characters  were linked together, although it wasn’t a complete surprise as to how they were. 

This book has such a wonderful quality to it, even more so with the conversation piece at the very end of the book.

This is a gem of a book that’s really well worth a read .

I give it 10/10 

Published on 03 July 2014. By Transworld Ireland.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers Transworld Ireland for the digital copy of the book to read and review 

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Weekly Round-up. 20/07/14

Welcome to this weeks round-up 🙂

I haven’t read much this week because I’ve had some family days and a book that seemed to go on forever ! I must say though it was a really good book, just very long !!

I also announced the winners of my birthday comp and I’ll be posting out their prizes this week.

Anyway here’s my round-up 🙂

 

Books I’ve been sent :

This is the Water – Yannick Murphy (Bookbridgr)

 

Books I’ve been accepted to read :

Love me or leave me – Claudia Carroll ( NetGalley)

 

Books I’ve Purchased this week :

Power Games – Victoria Fox – ( Kindle – £3:32)

The Life you left – Carmel Harrington – ( kindle – £1:99)

 

Books I’ve read this week : 

Liberty Silk – Kate Beaufoy – ( NetGalley ) Excellent read – 10/10.

Season to Taste – Natalie Young – (Bookbridgr)  Not my sort of book – Not rated.

Where love lies – Julie Cohen – (Netgalley) – Currently reading.

 

That’s all for this week folks

Happy Reading 🙂 xxx

 

 

Season to Taste – Natalie Young

Back of the book :

Meet Lizzie Prain.

Ordinary housewife. Likes cooking, avoids the neighbours.

Runs a little business making cakes.

No one has seen Lizzie’s husband, Jacob, for a few days.

That’s because last Monday, on impulse, Lizzie caved in the back of his head with a spade. Now she needs to dispose of the body and her method is not for the faint-hearted.

 

What I think :

Lizzie is a normal housewife in her fifties. However one morning she kills her husband, chops him up into 16 pieces and puts him in the freezer.

I have got to say this wasn’t my type of book at all. I found it really gruesome and quite odd. I couldn’t finish it because it made me feel quite sick in places. Reading about cooked hands and ‘cracking’ the finger bones, isn’t really my thing.

I found the character of Lizzie very strange, who didn’t seem at all sorry about dispatching her hubby.

I’m sorry, but this one isn’t for me.

I haven’t given it a rating because I didn’t finish the book.

 

Published on 03 July 2014  by Tinder press

Thank you to the publisher Tinder press and Bookbridgr for the copy of the book to read and review.images